Netflix Releases Manti Te’o Story

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Sports Illustrated

“Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist” can be viewed on Netflix now.

Auliʻi Medeiros, Staff Reporter

Netflix recently released Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist, a documentary that focused on the catfishing hoax that involves Manti Te‘o, a former Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman Trophy candidate. The film revealed the truth of the situation from both Te‘o’s perspective as well as the point of view of Ronaiah “Naya” Tuiasosopo, who posed as Lennay Kekua to catfish the former rising football star.

A KS junior said that “Manti was taken advantage of and he didn’t deserve [what happened to him].”

In the film, Tuiasosopo expresses the whole online relationship with Te‘o made her transition into becoming a transgender woman difficult because she was torn about whether she should reveal the truth about her identity or not. Senior Pomai Varron shared her frustration with Tuiasosopo and said, “what [Tuiasosopo] did was messed up and she has no right to complain about how the situation affected her transition because she brought it on herself.”

According to a student who wished to remain anonymous, the process of switching genders may have been a difficult process but  there are healthier ways to go about it.